Hal Lieberman published the first of three articles on the impact of the new statewide uniform rules governing attorney disciplinary procedures. The current article addresses formal proceedings and concludes that, although statewide uniformity is a major advance, the new rules also contain flaws and gaps. Specifically, Hal cites provisions that more deeply involve the courts in pre-hearing stages, potentially leading to unnecessary delays. Furthermore, the new rules do not address or remedy several disparate practices among the four departments, including the availability of oral argument.
Hal Lieberman published a second article in the New York Law Journal concerning the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline’s September 2015 Report. His previous article focused on the recommendations that would improve uniformity and fairness. This article considers the recommendations aimed at fostering efficiency within the disciplinary process.
Hal supports the Commission’s suggested two-prong approach: (i) developing a process for disposing of meritless complaints, and (ii) targeting more resources at prosecuting serious cases that warrant public discipline.
Hal Lieberman was interviewed by Joel Cohen of TalksOnLaw, a website that performs lawyer training through CLEs. Entitled “When Lawyers Break the Law,” the segment explores what happens when lawyers do just that. The segment has been approved for CLE credit.